The Westerville South football team will look to continue its domination of Westerville North when the teams meet Thursday, Oct. 17, at South.
The Wildcats have won 12 consecutive games in the series, with North's last win coming in 2005 (14-10).
"It's a Westerville school, so our goal is to get a Westerville (win)," North coach Bryan Johnson said. "Our kids get up for these games. They always play South and they always play Central hard. It's the opportunity to play someone in your community. A lot of the kids went to middle school together, so they know each other. We're familiar with the coaching staff and the players of each team."
South, which began the season 4-0, is looking to end a three-game losing streak. The Wildcats fell to 4-3 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Buckeye Division with a 37-20 loss to unbeaten Olentangy Liberty on Oct. 11.
South was outscored 34-7 in the second half.
North's defense had some strong moments against Westerville Central, another postseason hopeful, in a 21-0 loss Oct. 11.
The Warriors, who have lost two consecutive games, are 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Buckeye.
"The one thing you know about Westerville North is you can throw (the) records out," South coach Matthew Christ said. "Going through the scores the last 20 years, South had some really good teams record-wise, North has not. ... You better show up. You better be ready to rock. North competed hard against Central. They're not just going to roll over. They have a lot of pride over there."
South played Liberty without leading rusher Michael Mansaray, who has missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain. Christ is hoping Mansaray will return this week.
Brayden White received his second start at quarterback in place of Peter Pedrozo -- who was lost for the season with a collarbone injury suffered in a 35-14 loss to Reynoldsburg on Sept. 27 -- and completed 17 of 33 passes for 289 yards with three touchdowns.
"Brayden has been doing a heck of a job," Christ said. "He's embraced the starting quarterback role. He's taking care of the football. He's making good decisions. We really haven't changed much offensively."
Matthew Bame had five receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown, and Jesse DeVore had five catches for 102 yards and two scores.
The Warriors managed just 113 yards of offense against Central, with Maximus Plaxico leading the way with 43 yards rushing on 18 carries.
"The score isn't what we wanted, but I'm so proud with the way the kids played," Johnson said.